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Month: January 2019

More Georgia Electric Co-Ops might offer Internet Service

State Sen. Steve Gooch is working to make Internet Service available in North Georgia ~ By Elaine Owen, Editor ~ State lawmakers continue their push to expand broadband in rural Georgia this year. One way is to explicitly allow electric membership co-ops (EMCs) to provide not just electricity but also internet service. In the North […]

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First Fannin Habitat homeowner pays off mortgage early

By Elaine Owen, Editor Almost 20 years ago, Paula Behrens applied for a Habitat for Humanity loan. The length and terms of a Habitat mortgage is based on affordability. In Behren’s case, she and her three boys, twins Paul and Stephen and John Henry, a 20 year note was the best option. Chris Hall, Executive […]

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Speaker David Ralston creates group to support Georgia’s film industry

Names Rep. Matt Dollar chair By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced earlier this month that he’s starting a legislative effort to boost the state’s film, TV and entertainment industry. Ralston created the House Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment, which will review the state’s tax incentives and other […]

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray suggested bureau officials have not publicly spoken out because of the “polarized environment.” (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

FBI director blasts ‘mindboggling’ shutdown impact in message to unpaid employees

By Mark Berman, Washington Post (REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray decried the government shutdown’s impact on the bureau’s employees in a video message released amid rising anxiety among thousands of agents and other personnel who have spent more than a month working without pay. In the unusual video message, Wray also offered […]

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Standard & Poor

S&P says US economy lost at least $6 billion during shutdown

SPECIAL TO THE FANNIN SENTINEL BY MORGAN G STALTER – 01/26/19 09:24 AM EST The U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion during the record-long partial government shutdown, S&P Global Ratings said Friday  (Jan. 25). The economic hit stems from a loss of productivity and economic activity lost to outside business during the shutdown, which […]

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State of the Union

2019 State of the Union Address

The 2019 State of the Union Address is scheduled to be given by the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump,on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. It will be addressed to the 116th United States Congress. It will be Trump’s second State of the Union […]

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Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Senator Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) speak to reporters after a series of floor speeches in the senate decrying female representation on committees.

Female Ga. Senators call out male-dominated committee assignments

By STEPHEN FOWLER, NPR A bipartisan group of women in the state senate delivered blistering remarks Wednesday about the makeup of the chamber’s 27 standing committees, most of whom are led by men. It’s the latest drama in the senate, which opened last week with a controversial rule change that limited the window someone could […]

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A Message in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th Birthday

January 21, 2019 ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He shared the following message with attendees: Good morning! It is truly an honor to be invited again to be a part of the celebration of Dr. King’s 90th birthday. As […]

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Georgia Lesislature

Georgia legislators begin new session

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia legislators returned to Atlanta on last week (Jan. 14), to convene the new General Assembly, and for the first time in more than eight years, the state has a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and other top elected and appointed leaders. Though Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in […]

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Speaker Ralston opposes cigarette tax hike

By Bill Nadler, Associated Press Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday (Jan. 10) to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. […]

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